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What should a prayer for a Christmas party include?

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A prayer for a Christmas party should include an acknowledgment of the Christmas season, a request to God for his blessings on the festivities and an expression of gratitude for all that God has given to those present at the party. A Christmas party prayer may be as formal or as informal as you wish, depending on the formality of the occasion. It is also possible to read prayers, poems or Christmas carol lyrics as part of the prayer.

It is important in any prayer said at a Christmas party to remember that the real reason for the celebration is the birth of Jesus. While it is often fun to incorporate cultural elements of Christmas, such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees and gifts, into any celebration of the holiday, a prayer needs to focus on the religious roots and heart of Christmas. If you are saying a prayer as grace before eating, acknowledge God's bounty at this season, and thank him for providing not only the food but also the friends with whom you share the festivities. If you want to encourage others to join in the prayer, ask them to join you in thanking God for all he has given them. Consider closing your prayer with a favorite Christmas carol.

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